inside real estate

May 24, 2010
Real Estate Issues

Will the REAL listing agent please stand up?

Seriously,  finding out the name and contact information of the actual listing agent of a property  should not be an enigma wrapped in a mystery.  But […]
May 17, 2010
Real Estate Issues

Who Is Zillow Really Targeting? It’s the AGENT stupid – not the consumer….

Those who have been reading my comment threads on various forums know that I have absolutely no love for Zillow whatsoever. I consider their forums poorly monitored, and their Zestimates to be pointless bordering on the unethical.
May 3, 2010
Property Taxes in Westchester

A Taxing Issue: The city of White Plains MUST hold the line on tax increases…

Apparently homeowners in Westchester now have a third thing they can count on - exponentially increasing property taxes. White Plains NY is a case in point. Taxes have been marching to new heights each year.
April 25, 2010
Real Estate Issues

Real estate agents embrace social Darwinsim – the unending quest to “thin the herd”

There have been several recent blogs about the war between part-time and full time agents....Each camp is armed and dangerous - and with fewer sales to go around - the goal is the extinction of competition...
April 9, 2010
Real Estate Issues

For the real estate buyers market – these are the good old days

How I stole a house in 1996: The year was 1996 and willy nilly I found myself thrown into the housing market. There were no incentives out there, no $8000 tax credits, interest rates were hovering between 7-8%. The country was MIRED in a real estate recession that seemingly had no end.
March 13, 2010
Know your numbers - the role of interest rates

Dear Buyer, A buyer’s market is not a fire sale….

this is one of those markets where unrealistic expectations are not limited to one side of the transaction. Fueled in part by media reports filled with sturm und drang (storm and stress) many buyers have confused a buyer's market with a fire sale.